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The rescue community has lost the scent of a dog that has been on the lam since November 2014.


Lori Sodd, owner of Kierra, a five-year-old boxer mix, said the trail has been cold for several months.

The last sighting of the 35-pound, medium sized chestnut brown dog with white paws and a black muzzle, was at Oakdale Avenue and Utah Street in East Toledo last summer.

Weeks after Kierra got out of Sodd’s yard on Vinal Street, volunteers blanketed the area with fliers featuring a photo of the dog. There had been an almost obsessive effort in pursuing her when she first went missing. Many spent hours just to catch even a glimpse of the dog after learning she had been spotted in a certain area.

So, you want to take back East Toledo from the transient renters, absentee landlords, negligent neighbors, thieves, vandals and drug pushers. Here’s your chance.

Three events, Global Youth Service Day, Get the Lead Out, and Initiative to Restore East Toledo are all about cleaning up and making others aware of safety and housing issues in the historic neighborhoods.

Initiative to Restore East Toledo meeting will be at 6 p.m. on March 31 at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Avenue, with a presentation by Birmingham Development Corporation, One Voice for East Toledo, and Birmingham’s AmeriCorps member Kelly Dean. The plan is to engage and empower existing neighborhood leaders and identify new leaders in the Birmingham neighborhood.

About 200 persons attended a candle light vigil Wednesday for a Genoa girl killed in a car accident earlier in the week.

Students, community members, friends and members of Megan Kunich’s family, attended the vigil at the athletic complex on the campus of Genoa High School, where Megan, 15, was a student.

Cari Buehler, high school principal, said students Maddison Guthrie and Jenna Elliott selected songs and a poem for the event. Monica Metcalf, a parent of a Genoa student, and Cheryl Harris, a community member, also helped organize the vigil.

“Megan’s family was very appreciative of the community support,” Buehler said.

According to Clay Township Police Department reports, Megan was pronounced dead March 20 about 7:11 p.m. at the scene of the one-car crash.

Voters in the Woodmore district Tuesday rejected a renewal of an emergency levy that generates $600,000 annually.

School board president Joe Liszak attributed the loss to lingering questions residents have about the district’s financial situation.

“I heard some people say the board still doesn’t know how much more money the district will get from CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation) appraisals yet. And I think that was a factor,” he said. “The other thing is our financial statements are not balanced yet.”

In Sandusky County, the vote tally was 732 – against to 567 for, according to the unofficial results. In the Ottawa County portion of the district, it was closer: 554 – against to 527 for.

A bill that would establish a national, but voluntary, standard for labeling of bio-engineered food products stalled Wednesday in the U.S. Senate when a cloture motion to end debate fell by one vote.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, who chairs the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said the bill represents a “true compromise” and establishes a balance between consumers’ right to know and ensuring an even playing field in the marketplace.

Roberts’ proposal amends sections of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 and preempts any state law requiring the labeling of food or seed that is genetically engineered. That provision is significant in the eyes of food producers and consumer groups as some states have had initiatives on the ballot requiring such labeling. Vermont, for example, has approved a labeling requirement set to go into effect in July.

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